My friend Jeanne picked this bunch of physalis from her garden for me.
The plants are part of the nightshade family and are pretty nondescript until autumn when their orange lantern-like bracts fill our Northern English flower beds with colour. I used to have a border of them but over zealous weeding finished them off. I could really do with some more.
I place the heads in bowls around the house.
Some people string them with cotton. They fade to a pale biscuit colour then the skeletons of the bracts become exposed and resemble fragile filigree.
We have some pretty stencils of leaf skeletons in our Vintage Collection at The Stencil Library.
The fruit of some physalis is edible.
When I wrote Stencil It I gilded the fruit with edible gold powder as an extra decoration for my stencilled cake.